In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Frightening facts about Friday the 13th

It's a day almost like any other

Friday the 13th has a strange power over more people than you might expect, to the point where it affects our society in a number of surprising ways.

Clearly, fear of Friday the 13th is no small thing; it even has its own name: Friggatriskaideaphobia. That’s a mouthful … matching the fear’s impact around the world. Don’t believe us?  Well, consider these facts about Friday the 13th:

  • Flight bookings fall by 27% on Friday the 13th.
  • The stock market takes a hit every Friday the 13th. (The worst was in October 1989, when the S&P 500 dropped by over 6%.)
  • Many buildings (including hospitals!) don’t have a 13th floor.

Some even believe the crucifixion occurred on Friday the 13th.  And let’s be clear. They don’t come around often, but there’s also no escaping them: there’s at least one every year.

Ready for some good news? You can see them coming. Every month that starts on a Sunday will have a Friday the 13th.  And sure, looking at a calendar can accomplish the same thing (seeing if one is coming up), but that’s still a pretty neat trick.

Also, there are a TON of great movies you can queue up on Friday the 13th.

Some embrace it; some fear it.  Which are you?

Related Topic: You can make a Ghost Cake to scare those fears away.

Ick or treat? Love it or hate it, everything you need to know about candy corn